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The Higher Education Academy's Education for Sustainable Development e-Newsletter

Volume 5, Issue 4

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Education for sustainable development (ESD) is one of the HEA's key themes of work. We help institutions and subject communities develop curricula and pedagogy that will give students the skills and knowledge to live and work sustainably. Through our Discipline Leads we work with all discipline groups on a wide range of ESD-related projects.

This is an exciting, but critical time for ESD. We are rapidly approaching the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) and while not a focus, ESD is inherent in the 'greening the economy' theme and underpins all areas of activity around the event.

The HEA is involved in work for Rio through supporting sector individuals, strategic partners, and contributing to the World Symposium on Sustainable Development in Universities. We have also recently run a policy 'think tank' on the green economy and graduate attributes. See our news story for full details. We are keen to assist colleagues in their preparations for Rio, so if there is any way we can contribute or help with your work please do contact us.

As you may be aware from previous bulletins and the last newsletter this is a period of change for ESD in the HEA. Many thanks to Heather Luna, so long the driving force for our ESD work, and also to Stephen Sterling and Simon Smith for their considerable efforts in advancing ESD in the HEA and across higher education.

Simon Kemp

Academic Lead, Education for Sustainable Development.




HEA Policy Think Tank on Graduate Attributes and the Green Economy

On 23 and 24 February 2012 we held our first Policy "think tank" to investigate how the HE sector can contribute to 'greening the economy', and how graduate attributes can link into this agenda. The think tank was a stimulating event packed with illuminating discussions, innovative ideas, and valuable contributions from inspirational speakers and delegates from across HE, student bodies, and industry. The outcomes of the event and consultation process will be shared with the rest of the ESD community in due course.

The circular economy and higher education

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation commissioned the HEA to develop, organise and facilitate three workshops for the HE sector around the concept of the circular economy. The latest one took place in London on 20 January 2012 and focused on the design and engineering curriculum.

Sustainability showcases

In each future bi-monthly newsletter we aim to showcase the ESD work of a different higher education institution, preferably those who might not be at the forefront of the ESD world, but deserve to have their work disseminated wider. There are many wonderful examples of sustainability in the curriculum, across curricula and research, and whole institutional change that we can all learn from. Please contact me ( if you would like to showcase your work and/or request collaboration and help with colleagues across the community.



Publications, resources and funding

The future-fit framework (.pdf 1MB)

This new HEA publication, by Professor Stephen Sterling from the Centre for Sustainable Futures, Plymouth, provides readers with a practical introductory guide to learning and teaching for sustainability. While this resource is primarily for academics (including curriculum and educational developers and practitioners), policy makers, senior managers and support staff who want to know more about ESD will also find it helpful.

Education for sustainable development and holistic curriculum change: A review and guide (.pdf 1MB)

This comprehensive investigative publication, by Dr Alex Ryan, Associate Director of Sustainability at the University of Gloucestershire, is based on an international review and three UK case studies of work towards curriculum change in this area. The guide is aimed at educators and managers in HE institutions seeking to improve teaching and learning institution-wide in line with education for sustainable development.

Forthcoming ESD reports

We will soon be releasing the second report of our student attitudes to sustainability research work with the National Union of Students. The first report can be read here. Other upcoming ESD publications include an evaluation report for the first phase of Green Academy, and the findings from the Policy think tank on greening the economy and graduate attributes.



Green Academy +: Sustainability in practice conference, 24 May 2012, University of Nottingham

This joint invite-only event, run by The University of Nottingham Grand Challenge Group on Education for Sustainable Development and the HEA will explore sustainability in the context of the practitioner. Participants will be able to consider and discuss how sustainability 'values' can be or are incorporated into teaching and learning.

Annual national greening the FE & HE sectors conference and exhibition: Promoting environmental, economic and social sustainability, 30 May 2012, London.

This event will examine the FE and HE sectors' progress towards sustainable development, and detail latest policy information, guidance, best practice and technologies to aid in the delivery process and realisation of the government targets for carbon emission reductions.

Professor Craig Mahoney, Chief Executive of the HEA, will be speaking at this event.

To book your place please email quoting ref HEA6.

Changing lives, changing society conference, 28 June 2012, University of the West of England

This event will bring together professionals, policy makers and academics to grapple with the challenge of a widespread transition to healthy and sustainable behavioural patterns. It will examine the 'big picture' of behavioural change, acknowledging and assessing different perspectives and approaches through expert presentations, innovative workshops and an interactive panel and audience debate.

Quality assurance, enhancement and ESD: Creating a framework for dialogue conference, 2 July 2012, Aston University

This national conference will bring together findings and insights emerging from the HEFCE-funded project Leading Curriculum Change for Sustainability: Strategic Approaches to Quality Enhancement, drawing on the experiences of the pilot institutions as well as the dialogue and perspectives emerging with sector stakeholders.





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